About the course
You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:
- Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
- Child development
- Theories of learning
- Assessment and Planning
- Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
- English as an additional language (EAL)
- Behaviour for Learning
- Academic Studies for the PGCE
- Developing a working knowledge of the National Curriculum (NC) as well as an appreciation of the age phases before and after the ones in which they are training
- Voice coaching and classroom presence
You also have one focus week:
- ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.
You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.
To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.
Successful candidates will be invited to interview by the Lead School. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the Lead and Partnership School and a representative of Teaching London.
- You will be required to plan and teach a short lesson for a given topic and selected age group. You will be observed to assess your potential for working with children.
- You will also be required to undertake a formal Interview with the panel
- You will complete an English task
All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. Outcomes for successful candidates are used to inform initial targets in preparation for their training year.
How school placements work
Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead school and Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.
You will undertake placements across KS3 and KS4 (11-16).
Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).
Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher and do not have to pay the tuition fee. The salary will be in line with pay scale 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale. You will not be eligible for a student loan, scholarship or bursary.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications prior to starting a teacher training programme:
- GCSEs or equivalent in English and maths at Grade 4-7 (formally A*-C)
- Bachelor degree
A NARIC letter of comparability must be provided for any academic qualifications that have been achieved overseas.
Whilst it is not an essential requirement, we highly recommend candidates have at least 2 weeks experience in a school prior to interview, demonstrating that they have first-hand experience of being a teacher.
We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.
We are looking for candidates who:
- Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
- Have a positive outlook
- Are patient and adaptable
- Have good interpersonal skills
- Are friendly and approachable
- Are passionate about teaching
- Are creative and imaginative
- Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
- Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:
- a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
- a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
- a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”
If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have received any required visas or permits before training begins.
About the training provider
Ofsted judges Cranford Community College to be 'Outstanding' – we want you to be part of this success if you are of the right calibre and have potential to grow further. Cranford Community College is located in West London with excellent transport routes and is the lead school in the Cranford Teaching School Alliance. As a trainee, you will be placed either at Cranford or at one of our high quality partner schools.
Our mission is that we are all successful and happy. We have a curriculum that provides ‘additionality’ and develops the full range of skills, preparing young people for success in an increasingly competitive and changing world. We are aspirational and encourage and guide pupils to take practical steps now, whilst at school, to secure a better long term future. We aim to foster a strong moral dimension and ethos throughout the school and its teaching. Cranford is innovative and has developed a diverse curriculum which is adaptable, exciting and embraces positive change and ideas for improvement.
The Cranford Teaching School Alliance has an excellent track record of success in Initial Teacher Training with outstanding employment rates, professional development and career progression.
About the accredited body
Teaching London: LDBS SCITT was judged by Ofsted in 2017 to be Outstanding and is one of the two accrediting providers with which the Cranford Teaching School Alliance works. Teaching London: LDBS SCITT is based in Kilburn.
Teaching London has been training teachers for over 20 years and we are highly effective in our role, with 76% of trainees graded as Outstanding at the end of their training in 2017-18. We are committed to your wellbeing during your training and support your future, with 100% of trainees gaining employment in the profession over the past 6 years.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within the Cranford Teaching School Alliance will make suitable adaptations for trainees with disabilities. These include lift access for example and other reasonable adaptations as required.
Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact Cranford TSA prior to their application to discussion their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.
The individual Partner Schools and SCITTs which we work with have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact Cranfod TSA for more information.
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